Islamabad—Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) has introduced a new barcoding system to control stealing of medicines from the hospital’s medical stores and dispensary. According to an official of the hospital, under a new mechanism, evolved to avoid misuse and theft of medicines, 12 security cameras have been installed at medical stores and dispensary.
He said these security cameras will remain functional round the clock to stop medicine theft and ensuring that medicines are being issued only to the relevant patients. He said that now all incoming and outgoing medicines would be barcoded to know who is being given the medicine. He added on the direction of Executive Director FGPC, Raja Amjad Mehmood, all medical stores of the hospital have now been fully computerized and medicines would be treated with barcoding.
He said that the step was taken to control incidents of medicine theft, causing loss to national exchequer. Under the new system, all incoming and outgoing medicines would be registered computerized first at medical stores. He said that reduction in the use of medicines was also observed at some hospital dispensaries in the federal capital due to steps of present ED of the hospital.
He said that the renovation work including revamping of medical stores and installation of security and computer system has been completed with the support of donors. He said that an amount of Rs 1.5 million has been spent on upgradation of medical stores while dispensary has also been upgraded with addition of four new counters to facilitate the patients.
He said certain cases of drugs stealing did occur in past at hospital pharmacy but now this issue has been addressed and any one could be caught red-handed on medicines’ theft. He said that barcoding is the most common form of automatic identification used in automatic data-capture technologies and barcodes track virtually everything but most effective in medicines’ record.